Tumbledown ~ 7 piece (packable) 9' 5w
Our signature packable rod for all who love to wander.
The Tumbledown is the ideal packable rod. A 7~piece rod designed to easily fit in a day pack, your favorite sling pack or in your carry on luggage should you need to take flight to get there.
The colors for this batch were inspired by the rich granite found on the mountains summit with wraps to mirror the wild Rhodora seen along the trail in May/June annually. The aluminum seat with carbon fiber insert is built for durability to survive the terrain as you decent to that native water.
This 7 piece packable 9’ 5w is an ideal accessory for your day pack. Whether you choose to take a dip upon your summit crawl or throw a line, this packable rod keeps you focused on the hike and hands free as you explore. A perfect mod/mod-fast action with all the versatility you'll need for your adventures.
Weighing in at only 3.6oz in total weight, this day pack staple allows plenty of versatility for bug selection and casting styles as you stumble across those unexpected streams while out venturing.
This Batch Features:
~ 7 piece 9’ 5w, Mod/Fast Action
~ Carbon Gloss Colored Blank
~ Gunmetal Single Foot Guides
~ Wild Rhodora Shaded Wraps
~ 6.5” Snub Nose AAA Cork Grip
~ Carbon Fiber insert reel seat w/ gunmetal finished hardware
~ No hookeeper
~ Finished with our Signature Maine Fly Co brand on the handle
~ Total Rod Weight 3.6 oz
~ Each Section measures a packable 17” in length
~Collectors Edition Aluminum Rod Tube is available for custom cuts to fit this rod (add one)
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Declared the most visited mountain in Maine, Tumbledown needs little introduction. Its popularity stems from its appeal to nearly everyone; a challenging but relatively short 1.5-mile ascent up the Loop Trail brings hikers to a half-mile bald ridgeline with some of the best western mountain views in the state, and is followed by a gentle descent to picturesque Tumbledown Pond. Both the mountain and the pond are rich with natural history and legend, and Tumbledown’s flanks and twin summits are home to a striking variety of natural communities and several animal species that are rare, endangered, or just plain fascinating.
How to choose a fly rod
In full disclosure, up until eight or so years ago, the topic of whats the best rod to use was as puzzling to me as what fly to use. The years have taught us there is a lot of personal preference when picking out a fly rod. This is especially true when it comes to reel seats, handle shape/length, colors, wraps and brands. Varying rod aesthetics can attribute to performance strengths and deficits in some cases, but for the more part unnoticeable variations. Add to this, fly rod action, length and # of pieces and it can feel like overload quickly.
We've cut through the clutter and hope to make this a bit easier for you. There are a few fundamentals you should know in choosing the right fly rod for you.
As a jumping off point, the beginning fly fisher, especially those looking to targeting fresh water game, will likely be in search of a 9-foot, 4-6w-weight, medium-flex rod. This is a universal staple range. You can catch everything from wild trout to carp in streams, rivers, ponds or lakes with this range.
Simply put, you need to consider, the big 3 when picking out your fly rod. Weight, length and action.
Fly rods are rated by weight. The weight indicates the size of fishing line that matches the rod. Generally you can line up or down by one size, which is why a 5wt is the best universal size for a trout rod. Most people think about fish species when it comes to choosing a weight and while that works just fine, I would also encourage you to think about the size of fly you are going to be throwing, and the intended use of the rod.
As a general rule on rod weights:
1-4: sunfish and small trout, small streams
4-6: general trout, larger streams and rivers
6-8: bass, carp, light steelhead, salmon. and saltwater
8-10: winter steelhead, stripers, salmon, and saltwater
10-14: big game
Fly rods act as a lever, so length is a very important aspect when picking a fly rod. The longer the rod, the easier it will be to get more distance on your cast, mend your line, and fight fish. However if you are on a smaller stream you will want a shorter rod to navigate overhanging brush and for added precision when casting at close range.
As noted before, most agree the standard trout rod is a 9ft 5wt rod. This length lets you get the distance, accuracy, and line control needed in most trout situations.
The three types of fly rod action are fast-action, medium-action and slow-action. Each of these types of action have their benefits and drawbacks. It is important to match up the type of fly rod action with the type of fishing you will be doing.
A fast-action rod is just what the name implies. At the end of the backcast, the tip of the fly rod is slightly bent but the rest of the rod is virtually straight as an arrow.
Long Casts - The stiffness of the rod allows for more power in the cast.
Fishing on windy days - The stiffness of the rod allows easier casting on windy days since the rod is more powerful.
Somewhat less physically demanding - Due to the power inherent in fast action fly rods, the angler works less to cast the same distance compared to using a slower, more flexible rod.
Difficult for Beginners - Beginners might struggle learning how to cast with a fast-action rod. The sheer power in the rods makes "getting a feel" for the fly and fly line difficult. Precise casts in particular will be difficult for new anglers.
Not ideal for short casts - Not the best rod to be used where short casts are necessary - such as spring creeks. For short casts, a more flexible rod provides greater accuracy and a "smoother touch." For small stream fishing, a fast-action rod has a substantially greater likelihood of leading to the fly and fly line being slammed into the water - making the fish you're stalking head for the hills.
Medium or Moderate Action
Medium action fly rods are the most versatile of the rods available. They perform well in a wide variety of conditions. They are also easier to learn with than with a fast-action rod. On the backcast with a medium action fly rod, the rod will be bent beginning from about halfway down the rod - thus falling in-between fast and slow action rods.
Overall, if an angler will only own one fly rod for freshwater trout fishing, then it should be a medium action fly rod unless the fishing situation falls into one of the other categories above or below.
Most versatile of all the actions
Great for anglers of all abilities
If your going to have just one fly rod, this is it
Does it all
Not as powerful as a fast action rod
Not as precise as fast
Slow Action- aka "Full Flex"
Slow action rods are primarily for those individuals that fish smaller streams and use mostly lighter tippets the majority of the time. I won’t say that this is the only area in which these can be fished, but they are the most effective in these scenarios. These are often on the market in the form of fiberglass or bamboo.
Great for small streams
Very forgiving for new anglers
Fun for smaller fish to feel like larger fish
Not for distance
Windy days can be very difficult
Slower hook sets
Not as accurate
There are other features to a rod that might make it the best choice for you.
Number of pieces: Fly rods can come in a 1 piece all the way up to a 7 piece. Four-piece rods are becoming the standard as they are easy to pack and travel with. This is 90% of what we carry.
Materials: Most rods these days are composed of a carbon or graphite compound (numerous debates out there on the similarities and differences here), although both fiberglass and bamboo has been making a comeback in recent years.